March 24, 2008

Paparazzi Gang Beat Up People for Britney Spears Pictures

Famed photog agency X17 is apparently really a gang of thugs. They captured a rival photographer and beat the crap out of him for being on their “turf” aka Britney Spears’ house.

Alison Silva (who is actually a dude despite his seriously misleading name) is suing paparazzi X17 after he was beaten unconscious by 3 of their gang members, I mean, photographers outside Britney’s home.

Silva says he parked a block away from Britney’s house on March 5th when 3 hoodlums working for X17 beat and kicked him while he lay defenseless on the ground. He went to the hospital for a broken nose and head trauma.

The 3 X17 photographers —identified as Thomas Madiana, Carlos Madiana and Max Rinadelle — allegedly said, “You should not be here. Only X17 gets these shots.”

Silva claims he passed out and woke up to being kicked in the face. “I didn’t know what was going on,” he said.

Witnesses called 911, and Silva was taken to the emergency room with police escorts.

One witness told police he heard an attackers say, “Let’s go f— him up, there are 10 of us here,” while getting a metal tube from his car. Another attacker said, “Don’t kill him! Don’t kill him!”

Silva asks for unspecified punitive damages in his suit. He accuses X17 of battery; assault; false imprisonment; emotional distress; and negligent training, supervision and retention of unfit employees.

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